Dear Yvonne Prinz,
Yesterday’s letter was to the administrator of a private online torrent community I frequently use to download music (illegally). Today’s letter is for you, the co-founder of the world’s finest remaining record store, Amoeba Music. Yes, a place where people go to buy music.
If I’m buying a physical piece of music, it’s going to be a vinyl record. Records are a wonderfully tangible piece of art aside from the music between the grooves. The music industry seems to have picked up on this and most artists produce vinyl of their releases. I’ve spoken to a record store owner in Dallas who says his store Good Records would have certainly gone under without the resurgence of vinyl. Where do you think Amoeba succeeded as the digital revolution devoured most every other record store?
For someone who consumes as much music as myself, it would be a massively expensive hobby if buying records was the only option. Only albums I deem truly great get purchased at this point.
I could spend every penny to my name each time I walk into Amoeba. I’m proud to say I’ve been to all three Amoeba stores. That’s pretty darn good for a fellow from Texas…
I’m excited for the Spoon show this afternoon at the LA store and I’ll make sure to get a copy of their new record.
PS: I have to assume your record collection is out of control.